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Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

In June, Microsoft saw Windows 8 market share overtake Vista, at the time laying claim to 5.1-percent among every desktop OS in June 2013, trumping Vista's 4.62-percent for the same month. The newest Windows edition still fell behind Windows 7 and XP, however, and now the numbers are heading in the wrong direction, depending on your perspective, with Windows 7 market share growth outpacing Windows 8 for the first time.

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Surface in “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Microsoft VP promises

Surface in “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Microsoft VP promises

Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay has confirmed that "multiple aspect ratios and sizes" are in the pipeline, though declined to comment specifically on longstanding speculation around a "Surface Mini" tablet. Chatter of a 7- to 8-inch Surface to take on the iPad mini and Nexus 7 has persisted since the launch of the original model in 2012, though Microsoft did not wheel out its smaller slate when it unveiled second-gen Surface hardware last month. However, that doesn't mean new devices aren't in the pipeline.

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Sharp Mebius Pad tablet PC offers Windows 8.1 and detachable keyboard

Sharp Mebius Pad tablet PC offers Windows 8.1 and detachable keyboard

Sharp has showed off its Mebius Pad here at CEATEC 2013, where we got a moment with the device. This tablet/laptop hybrid offers a variety of features common to both tablets and PCs, running Windows 8.1 and featuring a detachable keyboard. We've got a rundown of what the system offers, as well as a few shots of the device, after the jump.

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Windows 8.1 makes cloud storage viable SkyDrive “smart files” search from desktop

Windows 8.1 makes cloud storage viable SkyDrive “smart files” search from desktop

If you've been rather hesitant to use the likes of cloud storage - that is, using something like SkyDrive to hold your files online - the folks at Microsoft may have a solution that'll turn your head. While working with cloud storage often means you'll have to either have a copy of each of your files on your local computer OR that you'll be unable to work with a single search source, SkyDrive "smart files" attempts to solve all that nonsense. Here you'll be able to have a single search bar on your desktop that'll allow you to search and see both local files and all of your files in the cloud all at once.

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Acer Iconia W4 sighted in hands-on video, powered by Intel Bay Trail

Acer Iconia W4 sighted in hands-on video, powered by Intel Bay Trail

After Intel formally announced its new line of more powerful but still energy efficient mobile processors, it is only natural to hear of tablets and hybrids sprouting up that touts Intel's Bay Trail chips. One such device is the Acer Iconia W4 which seems to be somewhat an incremental upgrade from the company's recent Iconia W3 tablet.

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Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his last company-wide employee meeting talk this week, ending with an emotional outpouring of gratitude and appreciation for the company and for the thousands of employees in attendance. The outpouring ran in both directions. The audience cheered as Ballmer shouted, "Soak it in! All of you. Soak it in. You work for the greatest company in the world. Soak it in. And I want to say thank you. I want to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you."

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Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia's much-rumored tablet has appeared at the FCC undergoing LTE testing, with the Finnish company almost completely squeezing out references to the form factor of what's expected to be a Windows RT based machine. Listed as the Nokia RX-114, the device makes no mention of its design until the final page, when it's outed as a tablet. It's expected to be among a rumored six new devices to be shown off for the first time on October 22nd

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Surface Mini in 2014 insiders say as Xbox One soaks up Windows devs

Surface Mini in 2014 insiders say as Xbox One soaks up Windows devs

Microsoft's Surface Mini, the smaller version of the Windows tablet, is not expected to launch until 2014, insiders claim, with the software company supposedly waiting on a new version of the OS. The tablet will run Windows RT on an ARM processor, ZDNet's sources insist, but won't hit stores until the so-called "Spring 2014 GDR" update to Windows 8.1.

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This is where Ctrl+Alt+Del came from

This is where Ctrl+Alt+Del came from

Bill Gates regrets it, Windows users generally hate it, and its become computing shorthand for hitting reset on a bad idea, but Ctrl+Alt+Del wasn't always a bad idea. The much-maligned key combo came in for some criticism by the former Microsoft CEO at an interview this week, with Gates questioning "Who's idea was that?" and blaming IBM for not replacing it with a single hardware button.

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Acer TravelMate X313 convertible “Ultrabook” stretches limits on the name

Acer TravelMate X313 convertible “Ultrabook” stretches limits on the name

So you say you've seen every single different kind of Ultrabook there is to see, yes? Acer disagrees with you - here in the Acer TravelMate X313, you've got a tablet that works with a dock and a keyboard case as well as an 11.6-inch display with extreme scratch resistance. This device builds on the legacy of the similar-looking Acer Iconia W7 and the more recent Acer Iconia W3, that being the first Windows 8 tablet on the market with an 8.1-inch display. The style says similar, the innards earn a big beef-up.

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Dell drops Windows RT as XPS 10 tablet quietly discontinued

Dell drops Windows RT as XPS 10 tablet quietly discontinued

Dell has quietly axed its XPS 10 tablet, the Windows RT-based 10-inch slate that offered a keyboard dock and ARM processor architecture for longer battery life, though it's not certain whether it's a final shift for the company away from the ailing Windows 8 variant. Announced in August last year - in fact we first went hands-on all the way back at IFA 2012 - the XPS 10 promised up to 20 hours of runtime on a single charge thanks to its frugal Qualcomm chipset, but sales proved disappointing and Dell was left unimpressed by the spot Windows RT was carving in the market.

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Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

This week the gaming-centric company known as Valve has announced plans to release SteamOS, a living room-aimed operating system that will be free to download and free to license. This operating system is based on Linux architecture - similar to how Android is a Linux-based OS - and the company intends on expanding well beyond the confines of their current video games-based model with TV, movies, and music. Is Microsoft too big to fail? We're about to find out.

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